Brandon Marshall was born on March 23, 1984. He is the starting wide receiver for the Denver Broncos. Marshall was selected out of the University of Central Florida, with the 119th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft.
Marshall Goes from Rookie to Starter
When Marshall arrived at training camp, he impressed some of his teammates so much that they thought he should have been drafted in the first round. Among the impressed was star cornerback Champ Bailey. Although Marshall was not a starter he earned additional playing time as the season progressed. Then in 2007, Brandon Marshall became the starting wide receiver opposite Javon Walker for the Denver Broncos.
Brandon Marshall after the Catch
Brandon Marshall is a beast on the football field. Standing 6’ 4” 230 pounds he is a nightmare to tackle for defensive backs. Marshall gets more yards after contact than most of his contemporaries in the NFL. Here are some defining moments in his career.
On December 3, 2006 against the Seattle Seahawks, the Denver Broncos trailed 20-13 with the clock dwindling away in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Jay Cutler dropped back to pass and found Marshall on the right side of the field. After securing the pass, Marshall took it up the field breaking tackles and spinning away from a defender for a 71-yard touchdown catch to tie the game at 20-20.
Marshall in the Running Game
Few wide receivers can put fear into opposing linebackers in the NFL, but Brandon Marshall is one of those players. I have seen him pancake several linebackers on running plays this year and it is starting to become a recurring event. When he isn’t cracking back against linebackers, Marshall does an excellent job of blocking downfield, which is a critical task in the Denver Broncos running game. Brandon Marshall is a complete wide receiver in the NFL and is on the verge of stardom.
Marshall Breaks Out in 2007
At the start of the 2007 season, Brandon Marshall won the starting wide receiver job for the Denver Broncos. As the season progressed, he became quarterback Jay Cutler’s favorite receiver and ended the season with 102 catches for 1325 yards and 7 touchdowns. He has quickly developed and Coach Mike Shanahan noted that if he were to be drafted now, he would be a top ten pick in this league.
Brandon Marshall Has 18 Catches
After missing week one of the 2008 NFL season, Brandon Marshall didn’t waste much time making his mark in week two against the San Diego Chargers. Marshall who caught 18 passes came up just two short of the NFL record of 20 held by Terrell Owens. Brandon Marshall broke the single game Broncos’ reception record of 14 held by Rod Smith. Marshall finished the game with 18 receptions for 166 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos 39-38 victory. “I knew he had a lot. I went to him a lot,” Cutler said. When Marshall was asked about his battle with Antonio Cromartie, he said, “You know what, I thought we were buddies. But from the first play, he kind of bent my helmet back and tried to - I don't know what he was trying to do - but I didn't like that.”
Brandon Marshall NFL Record 21 Catches
Just a year after catching an AFC best 18 passes, Brandon Marshall had his sights set on the NFL mark. "I went to my receiving coach (Adam Gase) before the game and I told him, 'I think this is going to be the best game I've ever played,"' Marshall said. "Just because of the environment, the situation of playing the Colts. I believe big players step up in big games, and this was a big game for us." This time the Broncos were on the road against the Indianapolis Colts who jumped out to a 21-0 lead. Marshall helped the Broncos close the gap to 21-16 after catching his 20th pass and his second touchdown in the fourth quarter. The record breaker came on the last play of the game on a fourth down play. Marshall gained 7 yards on the play, giving him 21 catches for 200 yards and two touchdowns in the losing effort. "I believe it was one of those games where, whenever you accomplish something like that, it definitely feels good," he said. "But we have goals, and our only goal is to win games. I'd definitely trade in a couple of those catches for a win." (2)
Brandon Marshall’s Career
Brandon Marshall is off to a fine start to what could be a special career in the National Football League. If he stays healthy, he will become an all-time Broncos great player.
By A. Goodin, 20Yardline.com
Brandon Marshall Biography Sources
(1) Broncos report: Marshall back, and better than ever (2008, September 14) Rocky Mountain News
(2) Marshall Snags Record 21 Catches (2009, December 13) Sports Illustrated